Should We Tell Our Friends How Much Money We Make?

As I approach 30, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about finances. You know, stopping to pause before I purchase the $4 latte or $30 spin class (just writing that makes me cringe!). More generally, the budgeting and financial planning I’ve neglected since college and about which I am now in panic mode because 30 seems to be the arbitrary marker of “real” adulthood.

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Southern Thailand: Koh Lanta and Koh Mook

Here's a secret about my trip to Southeast Asia: I didn't do any research. I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, had a close friend email me some recommendations, and assumed I would figure the rest out by talking to fellow travelers. Thankfully, I assumed correctly and there were very few (maybe one or two) times on the trip when I thought, "man, I really wish I had done more research." Great adventures can't be too planned, after all.
 

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An unexpected adventure

When I write, I try really hard to avoid cliches...or over-quoting...or inspirational quotes entirely (that's a lie; I LOVE inspirational quotes - guilty pleasure?) but the impetus for my two months in Southeast Asia really can best be summarized by a Rolling Stones song.

You can't always get what you want...but if you try sometimes...you get what you need...

I know, I know. But really.

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Fall in San Francisco

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”- The Great Gatsby

Substitute “hot” for “crisp” and you have October in San Francisco. But new beginnings and adventures, nonetheless!

Summer is finally here in San Francisco, rolling in just a month after East Coasters packed away their swimsuits and white jeans. While it’s always terribly sad to wear a winter coat to a Giant’s game in July, there’s something lovely about wearing a sundress while drinking a pumpkin spice latte.

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